4th of July Road Trip, Part 2



After we left Niagara Falls, we drove 2 hours east to a little town in upstate New York called Palmyra. It is here that my church believes that Joseph Smith saw Jesus Christ and God in a vision. In a place we call the Sacred Grove.

Sacred Grove 2011

The Sacred Grove has a very special feeling in it. I talked to the kids about being quiet and how this is a special place. They were VERY good, and very quiet. And even though we were looking for my brother and his family (we never did catch up with him here), it was a very peaceful and spiritual time for all of us.

We walked past the Smith Farm and headed to the Palmyra Temple.

Flower and Kids Palmyra Temple 2011

Palmyra Temple 2011, Butterfly Pirate

And here we met up with MusicMan’s family!

Meeting Cousins 2011

These two were thick as thieves and got everyone running.

Partners in Crime 2011

Cousins Playing 2011 Palmyra Temple

Running Palmyra Temple 2011

Pretty Butterfly.

Butterfly Palmyra Temple 2011

From the Temple, we went over to the Hill Cumorah, where Joseph Smith met the Angel Moroni and received the gold plates that he translated into the Book of Mormon. We went to the visitor’s center first and then hiked the hill.

At the feet of Jesus 2011

Hill Cumorah 2011

The sunset was beautiful that night, and Flower was having a great time. This is not her first time being here (me either) but first for the kids.

Flower Hill Cumorah 2011

The monument on the hill.

Hill Cumorah 2011

It was so much fun to spend time with my brother here. And for the kids to spend time with their cousins!

Me and Bro 2011 Hill Cumborah

After a very loud and tiring dinner at McD’s, we came to the hotel room and totally crashed.

Sleeping NY Hotel 2011

And the fun is not over yet!


2 Comments (+add yours!)

  1. Valinda
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 16:37:46

    WOW, that first picture had my jaw dropping and I didn’t even have to read where it was, I just knew. I guess I’ve seen enough of those seminary videos. Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing.


    • Safire
      Jul 12, 2011 @ 23:15:06

      You might consider a road trip while you are visiting us??


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